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Product recall alert: Abbott Nutrition liquid diet products

Toronto, October 17, 2018

On Oct. 16, 2018, the network received a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) nation-wide food recall notice for Abbott Nutrition with concerns about possible bacterial contamination in the following formulated liquid diet products:

Suplena; PediaSure, PediaSure Plus and PediaSure Fibre; Osmolite 1.2 Cal; Jevity 1 Cal, Jevity 1.2 Cal and Jevity 1.5 Cal; Glucerna 1.0 Cal – Vanilla; Ensure Plus; and Ensure Fibre

This is an expansion of the recall issued in September regarding Abbott Two Cal brand and Abbott Promote brand. As with the previous recall, the type of bacterial contamination is unknown - this recall was triggered by consumer complaints and the CFIA is investigating. We have identified six affected products at St. Michael’s and one product each at Providence and St. Joseph’s. We have initiated our food product recall procedure and removed all related products from circulation at all sites and have secured substitute stock for distribution. Our Registered Dietitians are working closely with patients and staff to update nutrition orders, as needed. There have been no reported patient food safety events at any of the sites.

We continue to work with our suppliers and will determine what next steps are needed.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 29 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

St. Michael’s Hospital with Providence Healthcare and St. Joseph’s Health Centre now operate under one corporate entity as of August 1, 2017. United, the three organizations serve patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care, spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and education.


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